White Oaks Weekly - January 15, 2023

January 15, 2023


  • Principal’s Message Positive Behavior
  • New Student Registration
  • Plus SCEF, District and Community News 


Through 1/28: San Carlos Week of the Family events

Mon 1/16: No school, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thu 1/19: School Board meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Sun 1/22: 21-Day Equity Challenge Begins, Bike Safety Fair

Wed 2/1: Prospective Families Tour, 8:45 a.m.

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Principals Message

Dear White Oaks families,

I hope the adjustment back to school is going smoothly. This is the time of year to not only reflect and set goals, but also revisit expectations and routines. Our school psychologist, Matt Steinborn, conducted a training with our teachers this past week that reviewed strategies for implementing positive behavior in the classroom. Although these slides are focused on in-class supports, there are several strategies that can cross over into the household. The following four elements apply to any environment in which we want kids to thrive: 

  1. Set clear expectations/rules
  2. Create predictable and consistent procedures and systems 
  3. Rewards/positive reinforcement for expected behaviors 
  4. Clear and consistent (natural) consequences for unexpected behaviors (this is different from punitive punishment) 

For more resources on how to reinforce positive behavior at home, check out the resources below. You may also be interested in Dr. Ross Greene’s presentation “Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child or Teen”,  sponsored by the San Mateo County Office of Education on Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. (online). 


All the Best,

Leah Scholer

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PTA News

Join us for the 21-Day Social and Racial Equity Challenge!

Starting Sunday Jan. 22, join the White Oaks community members uniting to learn, grow and build community together. The 21-Day Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community.  Click here to join us! Scroll to the bottom to see the Daily Calendar where you can find a daily link to an article or video to read or watch and reflect on.

Welcome Prospective Families!

Welcome to White Oaks School and thank you for your interest in attending our school in the 2023-2024 school year! This year's tour will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 8:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Please RSVP here.

Volunteers Needed to Chair Our Multicultural Arts Day

We are looking for 2-3 volunteers to chair our Multi Cultural Arts Day this spring (date still to be determined). This event will take place during school hours, ideally on a Wednesday. We are looking to revamp the event this year so would like to get the ball rolling with a brainstorming session in the next few weeks. Please reach out to Sara Ting or Amy Kim if you are interested in getting involved!

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Looking for an Easy and Fun Way to Help Your School?

One of the ways the San Carlos Education Foundation meets its fundraising goal is through online auctions and special events. Do you have ideas about exciting new auction items? Do you like to plan events? Are you curious about SCEF Parent Parties? We need your help!

We have exciting events lined up and great opportunities to be a little involved or a lot involved — it’s up to you! Either way, we invite you to join us as we brainstorm new and interesting auction items and discuss the year’s event schedule, including how to host parent parties.

Join us and bring a friend! Thursday, Jan. 19, 7- 8:30  p.m., SCEF Office, 828 Chestnut St. (just to the left of Mustang Hall). Please RSVP here.

Mark your calendar for these events:

  • Online Auction featuring Teacher Outings and Summer Camps, Feb. 6-13
  • Virtual Salute to Educators: Online Silent Auction, Live Auction and Fund-A-Need, Sunday, Mar. 12
  • Revel at Devil’s Community Dance Party, May 6
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District News

It's Time To Register NEW Students for the 2023-24 School Year!

If you have a student who will be NEW to the district next year, be sure to register them for school during our Priority Registration window, open now through Feb. 10. 

Registration is ONLY for students who are not currently attending our schools; students who are in TK-8th grade now do not need to re-register. However, if your child is in one of our SCSD preschool classes, they do need to register as a new student.

Mark your calendars for these key dates:

  • Through Feb. 10: New Student Priority Registration.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1: Intradistrict Transfer Google Form opens for families who want to request a transfer to another school within SCSD, noon.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1: In-person tours for incoming TK/Kindergarten families. White Oaks 8:45-9:45 a.m.; Arundel, Brittan Acres, and Heather 4-4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 10: New student priority registration deadline, 4 p.m.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page or email us at [email protected] if you have questions.

Follow @scsdschools

Follow the San Carlos School District on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for up-to-date info on events and issues.

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Community News

San Carlos Week of the Family

San Carlos Week of the Family is underway! Please take a look at all of the events the city has planned and consider participating. It’s a great way to spend time together as a family. Whether you choose to attend any activities, we hope you’ll set aside a little extra time to spend as a family throughout the week.

Bike Safety Fair Is Sunday, Jan. 22

  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Central Middle School blacktop: Come to this fun, Lego-themed bike safety event geared toward teaching K-8 youth safe riding skills, rules of the road, and basic bike maintenance, as well as pre-ride safety checks. Includes a riding practice course with learning stations, riding with our bike sheriffs, earning prizes through learning, and doughnuts. A professional bike mechanic will be onsite for minor repairs. Please register here.
  • 1-4 p.m., San Carlos Library: Bring bikes in need of repair to the BikeMobile’s hands-on Bike Repair Clinic, where bikes are fixed while participants are taught how to repair, care for, and maintain them. All ages welcome; first-come, first-served.

Legarza After School Enrichment Classes: All-Sports & STEAM

All Sports
Legarza is excited to announce sign-ups for our fun and fast-paced weekly sports class where our highly trained and experienced staff will introduce your child to a variety of sports and provide the opportunity to experience and explore! 

Participants are separated by age and experience where each week our instructors will teach a new popular sport such as basketball, soccer, football, baseball/softball, ultimate frisbee, capture the flag, and kickball (among many other fun options).
Arundel, Brittan Acres, Heather, & White Oaks: Jan. 11- Mar. 8 on Wednesdays from 12:45-1:45 p.m. Registration is now open-- read more and register here.

STEAM After School
Spring into S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) as we build, experiment, create and explore together. With different projects and activities coming home every week your child will enjoy a full session of fun. This is a hands-on class where we build toys, do experiments with catapults, and make artistic illusions to illustrate S.T.E.A.M. concepts like electrical circuits, magnetism, energy and the power of air. New projects every session from Fall to Winter to Spring!
Arundel, Brittan Acres, Heather & White Oaks: Jan. 13 - Mar. 10 on Fridays from 2:45-3:45 p.m. Registration is now open, read more and register here.

San Carlos United Tryouts

San Carlos United will be holding additional tryouts for girls and boys born in 2015 on Sunday, Jan. 22 for the Spring 2023 season. If interested, please register online. We look forward to seeing you at the San Carlos United tryouts!

Winter Cooking Classes

Join us as we provide junior chefs with the tools necessary to create, cook, and learn. Have your junior chef expand on their cooking knowledge as our curriculum covers nutrition, seasonal cooking, knife skills, the purpose of core ingredients and the many cultural aspects of food all while having a blast and making new friends. Every season has new recipes so sign up for multiple sessions whether you are a seasoned junior chef or it's your first time!

Classes starting in January 2023 at Mariposa, Arundel, Brittan Acres, Heather & White Oaks. Visit our website for more information or to register today.

Parent Education Opportunities

What is "radical inclusion" and why does it matter? Vikram K. Jaswal, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia, presents Radical Inclusion: Understanding Visible and Invisible Differences (Jan. 18, Online).

NEW! Ross W. Greene, PhD, renowned child psychologist and NYT bestselling author, explains how to cultivate better parent-child relationships in Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child or Teen (Jan. 31, online).

NEW! On Feb. 9, we host Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell (pictured), the first female African American judge in Northern California, for a conversation on her debut book, Her Honor: My Life on the Bench ... (Feb. 9, online). Don’t miss it!

Visit the Parent Venture Series of Upcoming Events page for more information. 

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